I Got The Sun In The Morning – Annie Get Your Gun

A pretty simple song that comes neatly in three parts – a slower, cryier piece at the start, a speechy part coming second, with an ensemble section at the end. You can pick and choose what you want out of this song – plenty for a beginner to get their teeth into without it getting too out of your range.

Top note: Bb4 (C5 after key change)
Qualities: Speech, Cry, Sob (Optional), Belt (Optional)

You’ll Never Walk Alone – Carousel

To my mind, the perfect “sung” audition song. Gorgeous open vowel sounds combined with a melody that runs right from the base of the voice to the top, all in a song contained in just over two minutes. Can be sung ‘legit’, with nice open vowels and a lovely mix, or taken down for females and belted. I’d recommend keeping it legit, since the vowels tend to be a little more back and might not suit well for belting.

Get the sheet music here, the CD here and the movie here.

Male/Female
Ballad
Top Note: G (Soprano or Tenor)
Mix Voice Required: Recommended
Head Voice Required: Recommended for Female Singers
Date: 1945

Leaning On A Lamppost – Me And My Girl

A classic easy male tune, with lots of character and beautiful long notes. Perfect for the auditioning male, and fits a lot of character into a short amount of bars. Ignore George Fornby’s riffing on the ukulele that follows the main stanza – uke not required.

You can get the CD for Me and My Girl here for under $1.00 (as always, recommended listening if you’re serious about getting into the character), and the sheet music here.

Male
Upbeat
Top Note: E
Mix Voice Required: Yes
Head Voice Required: No
Date: 1937

Worst Pies In London – Sweeney Todd

A challenging song pitch-wise: it takes things up very high in some sections and has to be carefully balanced, as Patti Lupone does here. They can be taken by a brave alto, but a modern, twangy mezzo-sop might be better suited. But there are barrels of potential if the singing is managed well. Her stomps on the bread are a particular highlight if you can match yourself to a smart pianist.

Check out the sheet music here, watch the movie here or buy the CD here.

Female
Upbeat
Top Note: Eb (Chest/Mix)
Mix Voice Required: Yes
Head Voice Required: No
Date: 1979

I’d Give My Life For You – Miss Saigon

 

A great showpiece song with a varied mix of strong belts and gorgeous mix sections. The top E is staccato, and can be taken either in a pure belt (as Lea does here) or in a softer mix.

Check out the sheet music here, and buy the CD here.

Female
Ballad
Top Note: D/E (Chest Voice) D (Mix Voice)
Mix Voice Required: Yes
Head Voice Required: Yes
Date: 1989

Not A Day Goes By – Merrily We Roll Along

 

Tremendously moving ballad from Sondheim with beautiful emotional, speechy sections and some great mix/belt sections. Get the sheet music here, and buy the CD here.

Female
Ballad
Top Note: C (Chest Voice) C# (Mix Voice)
Mix Voice Required: Yes
Head Voice Required: Yes
Date: 1981